Acute tubular necrosis (ATN) is injury to the tiny tube-shaped cells in the kidneys. ATN can lead to more serious kidney problems.
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ATN has many causes:
Your chances for ATN go up as you get older. Risk is also higher with:
ATN may cause:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may also have:
Care depends on what is causing problems. For example, if medicine you take is harming your kidneys, your doctor will make changes. Other care may involve:
To lower your chances of ATN, don’t take medicines you know cause kidney problems. Your doctor will find other medicines to help you.
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Last reviewed May 2018 by
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Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 6/1/2018